Where is Japan's NAACP?
The Importance of Black-Asian Solidarity & Movements
The world’s drought of knowledge about the history of Afro-Asian solidarity and organizations like Japan’s NAACP influences the world’s lack of acknowledgement of the importance of the cross-cultural solidarity movements. I argue that if organizations like the NAACP took a human rights stance and supported international branches, there would be more progress that could spark more solidarity during this time of social unrest, contribute to the limitation of nuclear warfare, and unite peoples of the Black diaspora during this time of continued globalization of racism.
Why should I care about Japan's NAACP?
- The successful collaborations in the past: During the 1950 Brown vs. Board of Education movement in the United States pro-Black Japanese leaders were influenced and formed alliances that created the NAACP and Kokujin Kenyu no Kai (Association of Negro Studies) in Japan (Onishi, 2017)
- Current climate of politics and race: There were protests in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
- Afro-Japanese identity along with other forms of Afro-Asian identity is arguably one of the most understudied, unacknowledged peoples of the Black diaspora.
Form of Final Project
- Mini documentary & Campaign
- Research paper
- I want to use it as a proposal/suggestion to expand their chapters
- African American Studies
- Political Science
- Collect Narratives of members of NAACP
- Collect Narratives from Black peoples in Japan